Doodle God

Common Sense Media says

Omnipotent fun, but for older teens only.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

In terms of controls and rules, the game couldn't be easier to play. Finding each new combination becomes more and more challenging, though, as you go along.

Violence

You'll never see anybody get hurt, but sometimes combining certain elements gives the hint of something violent having occurred, such as combining a human with fire and getting a corpse.You will see bluish corpses and red splotches of blood, though.

Sex

This is a spoiler, but combining two humans allows you to create "sex." This is depicted with a drawing of a naked man and woman in missionary position.

Language

The game uses many famous quotations, some of which contain mild swear words, like "hell" and "damn."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

One of the "elements" you can create in the game is alcohol. From that, you can create different kinds of alcohol, like Vodka. And if you create a human being and combine it with alcohol, you create an "alcoholic." Also some of the famous quotations used make reference to alcoholic beverages. You can also create tobacco.

Privacy & safety

The game is pretty safe in terms of privacy, but you can link your game to a Facebook account to post achievements.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Doodle God puts players in the role of a god creating a new universe from scratch. Starting with only four elements (earth, air, fire, and water), you need to combine the elements to figure out how to create everything else in existence. You can create alcoholic beverages in the game and there are jokes about alcohol. You can also make two humans have sex. Everything is depicted with small thumbnail images. There is also a fantasy aspect to the game, as you can end up creating fantasy monsters like golems, ghosts, zombies, and walking tree people (treants). Our review is based on the iPhone app; the Android app may have some differences in functionality.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • animals
  • biology
  • ecosystems
  • energy
  • geology
  • plants
  • rocks and minerals

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • making new creations

What Kids Can Learn

Doodle God wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • animals
  • biology
  • ecosystems
  • energy
  • geology
  • plants
  • rocks and minerals

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • making new creations

Doodle God wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Kids begin with the four historical \"elements\" of earth, air, fire, and water, and then tap on pairs to create new elements or \"groups.\" There are predetermined combinations, so . . . in the beginning . . . kids just run through combinations. For example, earth and fire make lava, and lava and water make stone and steam. Eventually, a prompt challenges kids to create a new \"element,\" the first being a worm.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

DOODLE GOD is a fabulously original concept. Can you create everything in existence, from swamps and clay to dolphins and plasma out of four elements (earth, air, fire, and water)? There's a whole lot of trial and error, mixing one thing with another just to see what happens. But there's also a good strategic aspect to the game. If it gives you a clue such as "What could you combine to form plankton?" you can look at what you've got and decide that your best shot would be water and bacteria. Poof! You've got plankton -- which you can then combine with other elements to create even more new things. This game is addictively fun.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$.99-$2.92
Release date:March 24, 2011
Category:Strategy Games
Size:19.50 MB
Publisher:JoyBits Ltd.
Version:1.6.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.2 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 12 years old November 23, 2010
AGE
13
QUALITY
 
Its awesome, but you can create innapropriate things. Like, if you combine Warrior+Human you get Warrior, Corpse and Blood, or Alchoholic+Car you get Corpse, Corpse, and Alchoholic. You can also create "Censord" and be warned if you combine Human+Human.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byPlayItSafe July 19, 2010
AGE
10
QUALITY
 

Great!

Some iffy elements: Alcohol and Sex Other than that this game is great!
Teen, 13 years old Written byyeahbuddydotcom November 7, 2011
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

yes

Creating the earth is good
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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